Cast: Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Wannell
Director: Adam Robitel
Screenplay: Leigh Whannell
Story: Sherie Giehtbrock
Producers: Jason Blum, Oren Peli, James Wan, Leigh Whannell
Production company: Blumhouse Productions, Stage 6 Films
Music director: Joseph Bishara
Cinematographer: Toby Oliver
Editor: Timothy Alverson
Release date: 05-01-2018
Censor certificate: A
Run time: 1hr, 43mins
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Lin Shaye dreams about her childhood haunted happenings at her house situated at Mexico. Soon after that, she gets a call from a man living at the same house who asks her for help that there is poltergeist feel at his place. What happens when Lin Shaye steps in to help him forms the remaining story of the movie.
Lin Shaye’s performance is top-notch and it has helped to uplift the quality of the whole film. Angus Sampson’s humor works big time at places and stands as a relief. Leigh Wannell has appeared in a measured role, but has supported the flow well. Screenplay is quite engaging as the spices are somewhat strong. The horrifying movement will definitely click to the genre lovers as the movie offers enough amount of scary moments. Dialogues are neat and apt for the situations. Joseph Bishara’s background music gels along and is efficient in the run. Sound effects is skillful, respective team has given exactly what the particular scenes require. Toby Oliver’s camera work is smart, he’s aware of the audience’s taste and placed the angles perfectly. Timothy Alverson’s editing is crisp and doesn’t lag much in the progression. The best part about the film is that, it straight away gets into the plot without any deviations. Certain scenes move in an unhurried pace, but builds up the pressure silently to leave out a solid spooky element. Linking up all the previous chapters at the end is an appreciable thing.
Sherie Giehtbrock’s script is very loosely packed which misses the connect, also the reasons explained towards the end are not even in the satisfactory range. Adam Robitel’s direction is somewhat clumsy, he has unfortunately done only an average job in the crucial portions. Flashback is weak, hence the impact is flat and low. Too much of matter takes place close to the climax which are just clubbed randomly without cooking fully, also they give out a silly feeling during the watch. Relationship between Lin Shaye and her brother was not shown properly, also it was a bit awkward in the present timeline. There’s nothing unique or great about the movie, it follows the same usual template. Punch which the previous ‘Insidious’ parts gave and a clear-cut narration are kind of goes missing in this chapter.
Has certain silly and old-school elements but watchable for placing terrifying moments at regular intervals.
Movie Rating – 2.5/ 5.
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